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Are Hoodwinked Angelenos electing failed leaders in 2017?
 
Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2017? – I submit: None of the current three elected officials!
 
Any of the current three elected officials at LA City Hall who are running, who have been in LA City Hall for the past 16 years, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance, their contribution to the current state of affairs is reprehensible. The current three elected officials, who are running, do not deserve to be reelected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor in the city of Los Angeles. It would be a travesty if any one of them win the election.
 
I hope and trust that the people of LA are not as gullible as the current three mayoral candidates who are current elected officials presume. They are counting on fooling the people again. How many times do us Angelenos need to be beaten over the head to declare enough is enough; the corruptions and special favors are over, we are exercising are voting power and we are taking our city back.
 
It is time for the voters of LA to elect a person who cares about the people of this great city of Los Angeles (a city with a population of about 4 million people and 465 square miles). The current three elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles, being in city hall for the past 12 years is enough of failed governance.
 
The current three elected officials at LA city hall should get a verbal lynching for their performance. The City of Los Angeles is in its worst condition in this century. The cause of this despicable condition is the product of the current administration.
 
It is time to break down the political machine in LA; No more business as usual; the buck stops on Election Day, March 5, 2013 and May 21, 2013 for those who need the additional boost.
 
It is time to elect officials who truly care about the people and the city of LA, officials who exercise their elected position for the good of the people of LA, “not what is in it for me”.
 
The masses of people in Los Angeles outnumber the special interests groups’ voters at least 8-2. If we all register and vote, we can take back our government. If the voters remain apathetic and refrain from voting, the consequences will be the total collapse of LA City and its government, financially and economically.
 
Let us elect a new breed of leaders who represent all the people of Los Angeles, not just the select few. We have an opportunity to replace about 70% of LA City Hall.
 
Let us unify and vote the current administration out of office.
 
I repeat; Power to the people!
 
YJ Draiman

Are LA voters going to elect a failed elected official as Mayor of Los Angeles?
Current elected officials are not qualified to be the next Mayor of LA!
Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2017?
 
The current elected officials at LA City Hall, who are running, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance and their contribution to the current state of affairs are reprehensible. They do not deserve to be elected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor of LA.
 
I hope and trust that the people of LA are not as gullible as the current elected officials presume.
 
It is time for the voters of LA to elect a person who cares about the people of this great city of Los Angeles, a city with a population of about 4 million people and 429 square miles. The current elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles.
 
The current elected officials at LA city hall should get a verbal lynching for their performance. The City of Los Angeles is in its worst condition in this century. The cause of this despicable condition is the product of the current administration.
 
It is time to elect officials who truly care about the people and the city of LA. Officials who exercise their elected position for the good of the people of LA, not what is in it for them?
 
When we support current elected officials in their quest to become the Mayor of Los Angeles, we consent to their poor performance and induce them to continue to destroy our city.
 
We must change the status quo of business as usual; the current administration has abused its position and trust. Otherwise we as the people of LA will pay a heavy price for such negligence.
 
This is the message we should be sending to people who seek public office. A candidate must have honesty and integrity as a primary character trait and above all the public’s trust.
 
 
YJ Draiman
 
PS.
 
A question to the people of Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is fantasizing that there has been an improvement, just look at the dysfunctional Los Angeles City Hall under his leadership for 8 years. Things could not be worse. During Eric Garcetti's leadership, nothing has improved, The LA Times gave him an "F" rating.
 
Do you have confidence in your current elected officials in Los Angeles City Hall?
Are they doing a good job?
 
No, why?
 
Yes, why?
 
 
Who is qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles 2017?
Where there is discord, the mayor will bring harmony. Where there is error, the mayor will bring truth. Where there is doubt, the mayor will bring faith. And where there is despair, the mayor will bring hope. The mayor will unite the city and promote economic prosperity successfully. A person who can do these things is the one qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles in 2013.
 

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The City of Los Angeles is on verge of bankruptcy “The City’s financial crisis is dire … worse than you are being told … and the Mayor and the LA City Council is in denial.”
Is this a way to run a City?
You be the judge! Voice you opinion ...at Election Day March 7, 2017 by voting for a new leadership in Los Angeles City Hall!
Help in saving the City of Los Angeles from Bankruptcy and replace the dysfunctional and corrupt LA City Hall.
Therefore, if you want to save the City of Los Angeles from bankruptcy and replace a corrupt and dysfunctional LA City Hall – you must vote for an outsider, the insiders have allegiance to the special interests groups that have funded their campaigns and not to the people of Los Angeles who toil daily in Los Angeles.
 
Los Angeles Mayor and City Council fail to admit the extent of LA’s financial crisis
Politicians must admit that they have a problem and the extent of the problem in order to attempt to solve the problem.
Los Angeles City Hall from the Mayor down to the City Council is not willing to admit to the extent of the City’s budget deficit (which is over a Billion dollars). Therefore they will not solve the deficit problem, they will only make it worse (they are in the state of denial). When will our elected officials wake-up and have the courage to face the current financial realities and address them in the proper context and take appropriate actions to solve this budget crisis before the city of LA has to declare Bankruptcy like other cities in California. It seems that our current elected officials do not have the guts, knowledge or expertise to address these problems, therefore they must resign and allow more qualified individuals to step in and help resolve LA’s financial crisis.
They say the first step is to admit that you have a problem. But when it comes to politics, it’s never quite that straightforward.
"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare."
 
YJ Draiman

       Los Angeles Elections 2017

LA Must Face True Pension Liabilities
 
Los Angeles, we have a problem. And, as with any deficit, fixing the problem — reporting the LA’s full pension and healthcare liability — begins by acknowledging it. We must admit it. We must quantify it. We must deal with it.
U.S. Governmental Accounting Standards Board, which sets the standards for U.S. state and local governments' financial statements, changed the rules. Governments must now report how much they owe in pension promises on their financial statements as a liability. This would be calculated starting with the total dollar amount that the actuaries have determined would be needed to fund the pension promises minus the total dollars that have been put aside.
You might say, "Of course, this is a no-brainer." But governments are slow to change. We all think governments will be here forever. They don't go out of business. They don't go bankrupt. They don't need the same rules. For these reasons, governments have had special rules when it comes to financial reporting.
Up until now, a government reported a liability on its financial statement as the amount that the actuary says should be paid into the pension for the current year to cover the current year's costs minus the cash that was set aside for the current year. This is based on the government's funding approach and not the real liability. The current method does not take into account certain changes in expectations, changes in benefits and shortfalls in expected returns on investments.
If we look at LA's audited financial statements from June 30, 2011, we see that the net pension promises after subtracting the cash that has been set aside (unfunded actuarially accrued liability) is over $18 billion. This is only reported as a footnote to the financial statements. It is not reported on the balance sheet as a liability.
If we look at what is actually reported on the balance sheet, we see a liability of $1 billion. We are only reporting $2 billion of our actual $18 billion pension shortfall on our balance sheet. We are not reporting $18 billion plus of our pension liabilities. The new accounting rules would correct this and cause us to report the real and larger liability on our balance sheet.
We, the people of Los Angeles, are concerned about the financial health of the city and our leaders' long-term plans for addressing and correcting it. We are concerned that our leaders will look to regulations exempting the city from the new standard. Although this might make the leaders look better for today, it hurts us, the citizens. Ignoring the costs does not exempt us from paying the bill for the promises we have already made.
We are especially concerned because the last time the Governmental Accounting Standards Board came out with a pronouncement that would cause a large liability to be shown on the financial statements, for Other Post Employment Benefits, LA's leaders tried to do just that. Approximately five years ago, the city was required to start reporting the costs of health insurance promises that we had already made to our retirees on the financial statements. Our leaders looked to create city regulations exempting the city from these standards. Fortunately, they were unsuccessful.
We can't let our leaders repeat that maneuver by trying to avoid the new requirement that the amount the city owes in pension promises be reported as a liability on their financial statements. Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away.
We cannot pretend this problem does not exist. We cannot have leaders making short-term political decisions with long-term consequences for the citizens. We cannot pass these problems on to our children and grandchildren. We must fix our future. We must start today with honest accounting of our liabilities.
We cannot have Los Angeles city government tax its people with no limits and increase fees and bureaucracy. This will only chase the people and businesses away from Los Angeles, which will reduce the city’s revenues even further.
 
YJ Draiman


 

 

Enough of hijacked democracy - it is time to serve the people - YJ Draiman

Democracy has been hijacked by the special interest groups/lobbies’. Our elected officials are beholden to the 'money vote' people only.... Not their Constituents who are YOU.

Special interest money from unions, businesses and various racial groups buy the direction of Congressmen and other elected officials, which corrupts the lawful intent of fairness for all. The common citizens do not have a 'real' voice in the selection of their own representatives because you don't have the money to waste. BUT YOU DO HAVE A VOTE. Our elections, local, state or national, are all a 'show election'; not unlike those in Socialist, Nationalist, and Communist nations. Those winning an election are simply beholden puppets of their special interest, and lobbyists’ Money Masters. When ''elected officials'' are knocked out of office they become Lobbyists and never come back home to their constituents whom they pretended to represent. And around and around it goes with government. Until now!

The "Vote Organization" developed and sponsored by YJ Draiman intends to gather the vast majority of the people who have been used and ignored by our current 'elected officials'.

The people who feel that their VOTE does not count, nor matter. Those who have become apathetic, fostered by the 'one sided' actions of the 'majority of politicians' who currently occupy their elected offices.
All elected officials, by law, have a duty under oath to represent ALL of the citizens; not the special interests of a minimal few whose demographics 'are not the image of your majority will'.
You are all too familiar with these officials who disregard their sworn allegiance ''oath of office''...regarding laws for the betterment 'of ALL the people (YOU) and by ALL the people (YOU).
This has gone on for far too long. That is why 40% of those citizens registered to Vote "Don't Vote in ANY election"! And those who are not registered to vote 'do vote' leaving you out by a 2 to 1 ratio or better.
Since you did not vote and exercise your constitutional right. You, the citizen, the people of the USA, in every county, every city and every State outnumber the Special interest Groups and their minions of "attitudes of Minority Rules". These people do not accept the coercing 'special interest' monetary-vote. In gathering the vast numbers of apathetic registered citizens to vote we, a cohesive force by sheer numbers alone, are The Majority.
Join us in the "Vote Organization" and take back your neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country...
We can retake our government and place candidates whose allegiance is to the people as a whole. We can place candidates who care about the people, our neighborhoods our cities, our states and our country.

"It was a splendid population - for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home - you never find those sorts of people among pioneers - you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for setting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day - and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, "Well, that is California all over."

YJ Draiman
Government by the people, for the people
 
 
It is voter apathy that prevents people from voting – YJ Draiman
It is known that many people distrust’s politicians and the “system”, and many people believe that their vote is worthless in the end. This leads to high levels of “voter apathy”, especially in municipal and state elections.
We need to educate the people that their votes do count, that each vote helps them to exercise their constitutional right in a Democratic country.
I know many voters claim that the elections are controlled by special interests groups and the money people.
I feel very strongly that if the masses of people would rise up and vote, we could overcome the special interests groups and the money people. After all the peoples numbers are much greater than the special interests groups and the money people.
It is a government by the people for the people.
I plead with all voters please exercise your right and vote.
Thank you
YJ Draiman
Be sure to vote your conscience and not be swayed by money and empty promises.

One free man defending his home is more powerful than ten hired soldiers
 
 
“YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017"
 
 

"I am an American! I am an American! I am not a republican, democrat, right wing, left wing, conservative, liberal, progressive, socialist, neoconservative, atheist, American Indian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, redneck, hillbilly, white, black, tan, etc. what have you. I am an American! If you agree with me I think that’s great. If you do not agree with me I don’t care. I am your neighbor. I am the one who stands with you against harm, the one who helps you when you are in need, who laughs when you fall, the one who helps you up. Your suffering is my suffering; your joy is mine too. I am your friend. I am an American! "
 
A unified nation is a strong nation."


L.A. Neighborhood Councilman YJ Draiman is running for mayor in next spring elections.
In what is billed as a major statement on the economic reform Monday, Los Angeles City Neighborhood Councilman and mayoral candidate YJ Draiman said;
Los Angeles faces an estimated $3 billion dollar plus deficit over the next five years, employee wages and benefits comprise the substantial share of the city budget. Estimated increased revenues only cover approximately a third of the increased costs.
The city must make it easy for businesses to thrive. This will create employment and increase revenues to the government and it will create the multiplier effect.
Multiplier effect definition:
An effect in economics in which an increase in spending produces an increase in national income and consumption greater than the initial amount spent. For example, if a corporation builds a factory, it will employ construction workers and their suppliers as well as those who work in the factory. Indirectly, the new factory will stimulate employment in laundries, restaurants, and service industries and the housing industry which employs builders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc.
Take taxation: Taxes simply transfer resources from consumers to government displacing private spending and investment. Families whose taxes have increased will have less money to spend on themselves. They are poorer and will consume less. They also save less money, which in turn reduces the resources available for lending.
When a country and its society import more than they export for over a quarter of a century, it is bound to erode the economy to its primate state.

We have only ourselves to blame, what goods and products are we exporting, what goods and services are produced in the USA, the answer is very little by comparison.

In the past 50 years as our population has increased, technology advanced, we have become a nation that consumes enormous amounts of resources, we shop for competitive prices. Corporate America is constantly looking to increase the bottom line.

Most of the goods for and by Americans and its companies are produced overseas and in the past decade with the advancement of telecommunications, many of the services sector are also imported.

The increased costs of energy over the past 10 years, has affected the economy to unimaginable comprehension.

This economic activity has eroded our economy to its core. It seems that the situation is getting worse every year. American debts are increasing beyond our wildest dreams, endangering the future economic vitality of our future generation.

I hope it is not too late for our society to recognize the graveness of our economic predicament and its resolve to take appropriate action to stem the tide of our economic downturn.

Americans are a nation of great technology and knowhow. We must utilize that technology and our resources to find new means to regain our economic independence.

We must face and implement fiscal responsibility, both by the government and the population with its infrastructure of corporate America.

It is no longer an option, it is a must if we as a nation want to survive and retain our way of life and economic vitality.

Inflation, recession and financial crises are here. Let us take the bull by the horn, initiate immediate actions to minimize and hopefully reverse our economic crises.

Los Angeles City Neighborhood Councilman and mayoral candidate YJ Draiman further stated that city officials and labor must put their differences aside and sit at a table to help solve the LA’s financial and economic crisis, otherwise it is going to get much worse. For the sake of all Angelenos, I urge you to put your differences aside as Americans who care about our city and our country.

YJ Draiman
 
PS

The US economy has enormous momentum. Metaphorically speaking, if someone turned off the locomotive that drives the US economy, the economy would go on for miles before anyone would likely notice something was wrong. But something has been wrong for many years. Is there really hope for the future? Maybe! But the terrible truth is that no one really knows. But if there is hope, we're already on the wrong track. And that has to change.


 
YJ Draiman stated “our deficit and lack of financial responsibility will be the end of our country”.
We are doomed.

Joe murmured accusingly. “Are you not overstating you case –“
“Overstating my case,” Draiman interrupted acidly.
 
“The very words the cretin in Congress handed me when I began sounding the warning, when I pleaded for backing to isolate and address the problem. They are more concerned with maintaining their precious power base and promising the moon to get elected. I am sick to death of their endless stupid committee hearings. Sick to death of their lack of guts in standing for unpopular issues, and spending the nation into bankruptcy. The two-party system has become a stagnant swamp of fraud and criminal promises. As with communism, the great experiment in democracy is withering from corruption. Who cares a damn if the economy dies? Well, by God I do. And I am going to the wall to save them. Draiman’s eyes blazed in bitterness, his lips stretched tight by the vehemence. Jim was stunned by the depth of emotion. It was strangely out of character.
 
When the disintegration of moral codes and standards takes place. The people no longer function as normal humans.
 
YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA

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Los Angeles Mayor and City Council fail to admit the extent of LA’s financial crisis
Politicians must admit that they have a problem and the extent of the problem in order to attempt to solve the problem.
Los Angeles City Hall from the Mayor down to the City Council is not willing to admit to the extent of the City’s budget deficit (which is over a Billion dollars). Therefore they will not solve the deficit problem, they will only make it worse (they are in the state of denial). When will our elected officials wake-up and have the courage to face the current financial realities and address them in the proper context and take appropriate actions to solve this budget crisis before the city of LA has to declare Bankruptcy like other cities in California. It seems that our current elected officials do not have the guts, knowledge or expertise to address these problems, therefore they must resign and allow more qualified individuals to step in and help resolve LA’s financial crisis.
They say the first step is to admit that you have a problem. But when it comes to politics, it’s never quite that straightforward.
"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare."
 
YJ Draiman
Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. This quote does illustrate an important point: before jumping right into solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to improve our understanding of it. What is the most important step in problem solving: clearly defining the problem and the extent of the problem in the first place!
 
 
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Be sure to vote your conscience and not be swayed by money and empty promises.

No candidate should be able to buy his office with money and influence, it defeats the Democratic process.

"To be successful, representative government assumes that elections will be controlled by the citizenry at large, not by those who give the most money. Electors must believe their vote counts. Elected officials must owe their allegiance to the people, not to their own wealth or to the wealth of interest groups who speak only for the selfish fringes of the whole community."
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YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA

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YJ Draiman my bid to be elected as mayor of Los Angeles - 2017
 
Truer facts were never posted. Peace, justice and liberty through musical expression.

Today turns into tomorrow and then the future is in your face. Make it happen, now is the time.
 
YJ Draiman wrote an article for the Los Angeles time’s summer 2011 issue.
My name is YJ Draiman and I want to be your Mayor. And here’s why.
Los Angeles is a City at a crossroads. It is where we raise our families, have our businesses and our homes. But every week shops close and we hear more complaints about parking, crime and taxes. Development ideas that have the potential to improve tax revenue, foot traffic and downtown charm with little risk to taxpayers require much attention before anything can move forward. There is discussion about making Los Angeles a greener healthier place to live, yet nothing changes. Our low-income population continues to struggle. In short, we are a place in need of attention, a place that needs its Mayor to be more than just a legislative figurehead.
A Mayor must be a leader, a person full of ideas for our future and an ability to make these ideas a reality. Los Angeles needs a Mayor who works and delegates. Our City Department’s job is to keep our municipality running smoothly and efficiently. They do not set the direction of our community. That is the job of the Mayor and the City council.
That direction must be accompanied by vision that will help the Los Angeles we love become the Los Angeles we imagine.
As an elected Board member, I have begun to tackle the problems we have by—working with my peers, merchants, residents and law enforcement to combat nighttime noise, litter and crime, resulting in reduction of crime in Los Angeles;
—working to fill empty storefronts and solve parking problems by improving signage, communication and parking stock;
—working with state, local and federal officials to create jobs and funding;
—working to improve recreation by spearheading the building of basketball courts, a new rowing dock and creating a boxing program for youth;
—working to get clinics in our schools and our neighborhoods to serve seniors and those
who struggle with medical care;
—working to replace our unsuccessful affordable housing law with a program that will help the poor and elderly.
My fellow Board members support me in my bid for Mayor because we share a vision. But someone must lead the charge. Our work must be advanced. We must have a beautiful green waterfront with plenty of healthy activity; we must find a way to reduce taxes and fees, encourage smart growth and lose our dependence on access revenue. We must see business flourish.
This election is a choice between moving forward and standing still. If you believe that
Los Angeles can do better, then I am the right choice for your Mayor
People, who know how to employ themselves, always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.
 
YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA 2017


"When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?"
 
We keep electing our political leaders from the same parasitic pool of privileged families.
I challenge anyone to name the congressperson, or senator in Washington, or your state that was brought up in a middle income, middle class family, or had to work a real job to pay the bills. I'm not talking about attorneys, or corporate top level managers. These people are not what I consider workers! Show me the person in our government that has had to borrow money to send his kids to college, or take out an "inflated interest" loan to buy a house! Do any of them really care that we are mortgaging our children's future to China? How many of them have had to go to war, or serve in the military other than be an officer with the elitist mindset that permeates our armed forces?
We as voters are getting exactly what we have reaped because we fail to elect any leaders that actually know who we are, and what we think. Our salvation can only come from our votes, and we should vote the man, not the party! Vote for the person that has proven his way from a humble beginning, and succeeded...oh yeah! That's right! You won't find any such person because unless they sell out to a special interest group with money, fat chance they will be able to afford to compete in the arena of the privileged elite! Money actually buys our leaders even before they are elected!
The current job down turn was badly handles from the beginning and the government’s response to the crisis has, in some instances, made matters worse. The feds threw stimulus money at California which simultaneously cut its EDD staff precisely when the unemployed needed their help the most. Sacramento sent bailout money to local municipalities like Los Angeles, which used the money to save high paying government jobs only to subsequently eliminate those same jobs as part of the city’s cost saving measures. The state and federal government layered on large amounts of unemployment benefits that made people out of work feel good but did nothing to help them get back to work. The benefits have now run out and the unemployment recipients have been thrust back into the ranks of job seekers with no new work skills and no new job prospects.
We have spent trillions of dollars and have nothing to show for it. What we need is a disaster plan and disaster response, which requires identifying those in need of critical attention from those who need minimal retooling of skills to reenter the job market. Is the consortium of people and foundations that we wrote about the answer to our critical need? Who knows but if they don’t address the critical steps needed to getting people back to work it will all be a waste of time. Regardless of our own personal beliefs and values; we must join together and address this unemployment issue before our great nation is permanently damaged. This is perhaps due to the greed and pettiness of some of our leaders; but now is not the time to be pointing fingers. We have a duty to help our fellow citizens. It is easy to point out what is wrong; harder to develop and implement solutions to problems and issues.
I agree that working together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration; we can address and resolve any challenge.
I support and look forward to contributing and getting our country contributing solutions, ideas, approaches, and resources to our communities, our country and our world.
 


Out of business moved to China – YJ Draiman
 
Goods produced in China are inferior to American made goods.
 
Most goods made in China have to be purchased 3 to 4 times to last as long as American goods. So, you think you are saving money by buying Chinese made goods, the answer is no.
 
As a consumer you should insist on products made in the USA, it is better quality, it retains and creates jobs in the U.S. while keeping the economy going and produces revenues for the government which enables them to provide services to its population.
 
 
Producing goods and services in the U.S. is Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth.
 
Many foreigners make millions exporting products from China to the USA. An American businessman was trying to export products from the USA to China.
He found it impossible. And this is why our country the USA is failing. It is because we allow this unfairness. Many Americans are tired of paying for the infrastructure so the Chinese can sell their wares virtually tax free in the USA and Americans are paying for the roads and everything else to make that possible.
 
 
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods.”
 
“Those who control the energy supply control whole continents”.
 
YJ Draiman
How to expedite America's economic recovery – YJ Draiman r1
 
The U.S. and the city of Los Angeles economy could expedite its economic revival by accelerating its hydrocarbon exploration and development. A national policy to enhance the development of hydrocarbon will turn the U.S. into a net exporter of hydrocarbon products. The U.S. must also build additional refining capacity at strategic locations in the U.S. to alleviate fuel shortages and increase its export of refined fuel and natural gas. Allocating a percentage of the revenues for the further development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and the development of water resources and efficiencies, including rainwater harvesting and grey water utilization etc. will further fuel Americas economic revival.
 
“Those who control the energy supply control whole continents”.
 
“Those who control the water sources control life”
 
Another avenue to boost the U.S. economy would be to initiate a program for Made in America products. This would require certain tax benefits to the manufacturer of products in America. Any unemployed American, who returns to the workforce, reduces the dependency for financial and social support by the government. Thus it turns the worker into a revenue generator for the government, while the employee’s earning are spent on goods and services which boosts the economy further.
 
The city of Los Angeles must make it easy for businesses to thrive. This will create employment and increase revenues to the government and it will create the multiplier effect.
 
Multiplier effect definition:
An effect in economics in which an increase in spending produces an increase in national income and consumption greater than the initial amount spent. For example, if a corporation builds a factory, it will employ construction workers and their suppliers as well as those who work in the factory. Indirectly, the new factory will stimulate employment in laundries, restaurants, and service industries and the housing industry which employs builders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc.
 
Increasing bureaucracy, taxes and fees depresses the economy, reduces business development, which in turn reduces consumer spending and as a result reduces revenues to the government.
 
YJ Draiman
 
 
 
The U.S Economy affects U.S.’s Global Power
 
United States economic strength has long underwritten its leading role in world affairs. The buoyant tax revenues generated by economic growth fund its massive military spending, the foundation of its global hard power. America’s economic success is also fundamental to its soft power and the promotion of its free-market values in the international economy.
Are LA voters going to elect a failed elected official as Mayor of Los Angeles?

Current elected officials are not qualified to be the next Mayor of LA!
Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2013?
 
The current elected officials at LA City Hall, who are running, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance and their contribution to the current state of affairs are reprehensible. They do not deserve to be elected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor of LA.
 
I hope and trust that the people of LA are not as gullible as the current elected officials presume.
 
It is time for the voters of LA to elect a person who cares about the people of this great city of Los Angeles, a city with a population of about 4 million people and 429 square miles. The current elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles.
 
The current elected officials at LA city hall should get a verbal lynching for their performance. The City of Los Angeles is in its worst condition in this century. The cause of this despicable condition is the product of the current administration.
 
It is time to elect officials who truly care about the people and the city of LA. Officials who exercise their elected position for the good of the people of LA, not what is in it for them?
 
When we support current elected officials in their quest to become the Mayor of Los Angeles, we consent to their poor performance and induce them to continue to destroy our city.
 
We must change the status quo of business as usual; the current administration has abused its position and trust. Otherwise we as the people of LA will pay a heavy price for such negligence.
 
This is the message we should be sending to people who seek public office. A candidate must have honesty and integrity as a primary character trait and above all the public’s trust.
 
 
YJ Draiman
 
PS.
 
A question to the people of Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is fantasizing that there has been an improvement, just look at the dysfunctional Los Angeles City Hall under his leadership for 8 years. Things could not be worse.
 
Do you have confidence in your current elected officials in Los Angeles City Hall?
Are they doing a good job?
 
No, why?
 
Yes, why?
 
 
Who is qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles 2017?
Where there is discord, the mayor will bring harmony. Where there is error, the mayor will bring truth. Where there is doubt, the mayor will bring faith. And where there is despair, the mayor will bring hope. The mayor will unite the city and promote economic prosperity successfully. A person who can do these things is the one qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles in 2017.

http://yjdraimanformayor.com/
 
Draiman For Mayor
The City of Los Angeles is on verge of bankruptcy “The City’s financial crisis is dire … worse than you are being told … and the Mayor and the LA City Council is in denial.”
Is this a way to run a City?
You be the judge! Voice you opinion ...at Election Day March 7, 2017 by voting for a new leadership in Los Angeles City Hall!
Help in saving the City of Los Angeles from Bankruptcy and replace the dysfunctional and corrupt LA City Hall.

Therefore, if you want to save the City of Los Angeles from bankruptcy and replace a corrupt and dysfunctional LA City Hall – you must vote for an outsider, the insiders have allegiance to the special interests groups that have funded their campaigns and not to the people of Los Angeles who toil daily in Los Angeles.

YJ Draiman
 
One free man defending his home is more powerful than ten hired soldiers
 
 
“YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017"
 
"I am an American! I am an American! I am not a republican, democrat, right wing, left wing, conservative, liberal, progressive, socialist, neoconservative, atheist, American Indian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, redneck, hillbilly, white, black, tan, etc. what have you. I am an American! If you agree with me I think that’s great. If you do not agree with me I don’t care. I am your neighbor. I am the one who stands with you against harm, the one who helps you when you are in need, who laughs when you fall, the one who helps you up. Your suffering is my suffering; your joy is mine too. I am your friend. I am an American! "
 
A unified nation is a strong nation."


L.A. Neighborhood Councilman YJ Draiman is running for mayor in next spring elections.
In what is billed as a major statement on the economic reform Monday, Los Angeles City Neighborhood Councilman and mayoral candidate YJ Draiman said;
Los Angeles faces an estimated $3 billion dollar plus deficit over the next five years, employee wages and benefits comprise the substantial share of the city budget. Estimated increased revenues only cover approximately a third of the increased costs.
The city must make it easy for businesses to thrive. This will create employment and increase revenues to the government and it will create the multiplier effect.

Multiplier effect definition:
An effect in economics in which an increase in spending produces an increase in national income and consumption greater than the initial amount spent. For example, if a corporation builds a factory, it will employ construction workers and their suppliers as well as those who work in the factory. Indirectly, the new factory will stimulate employment in laundries, restaurants, and service industries and the housing industry which employs builders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc.

Take taxation: Taxes simply transfer resources from consumers to government displacing private spending and investment. Families whose taxes have increased will have less money to spend on themselves. They are poorer and will consume less. They also save less money, which in turn reduces the resources available for lending.

When a country and its society import more than they export for over a quarter of a century, it is bound to erode the economy to its primate state.

We have only ourselves to blame, what goods and products are we exporting, what goods and services are produced in the USA, the answer is very little by comparison.

In the past 50 years as our population has increased, technology advanced, we have become a nation that consumes enormous amounts of resources, we shop for competitive prices. Corporate America is constantly looking to increase the bottom line.

Most of the goods for and by Americans and its companies are produced overseas and in the past decade with the advancement of telecommunications, many of the services sector are also imported.

The increased costs of energy over the past 10 years, has affected the economy to unimaginable comprehension.

This economic activity has eroded our economy to its core. It seems that the situation is getting worse every year. American debts are increasing beyond our wildest dreams, endangering the future economic vitality of our future generation.

I hope it is not too late for our society to recognize the graveness of our economic predicament and its resolve to take appropriate action to stem the tide of our economic downturn.

Americans are a nation of great technology and knowhow. We must utilize that technology and our resources to find new means to regain our economic independence.

We must face and implement fiscal responsibility, both by the government and the population with its infrastructure of corporate America.

It is no longer an option, it is a must if we as a nation want to survive and retain our way of life and economic vitality.

Inflation, recession and financial crises are here. Let us take the bull by the horn, initiate immediate actions to minimize and hopefully reverse our economic crises.

Los Angeles City Neighborhood Councilman and mayoral candidate YJ Draiman further stated that city officials and labor must put their differences aside and sit at a table to help solve the LA’s financial and economic crisis, otherwise it is going to get much worse. For the sake of all Angelenos, I urge you to put your differences aside as Americans who care about our city and our country.
 
PS

The US economy has enormous momentum. Metaphorically speaking, if someone turned off the locomotive that drives the US economy, the economy would go on for miles before anyone would likely notice something was wrong. But something has been wrong for many years. Is there really hope for the future? Maybe! But the terrible truth is that no one really knows. But if there is hope, we're already on the wrong track. And that has to change.


YJ Draiman stated “our deficit and lack of financial responsibility will be the end of our country”.
We are doomed.

Joe murmured accusingly. “Are you not overstating you case –“
“Overstating my case,” Draiman interrupted acidly.
 
“The very words the cretin in Congress handed me when I began sounding the warning, when I pleaded for backing to isolate and address the problem. They are more concerned with maintaining their precious power base and promising the moon to get elected. I am sick to death of their endless stupid committee hearings. Sick to death of their lack of guts in standing for unpopular issues, and spending the nation into bankruptcy. The two-party system has become a stagnant swamp of fraud and criminal promises. As with communism, the great experiment in democracy is withering from corruption. Who cares a damn if the economy dies? Well, by God I do. And I am going to the wall to save them. Draiman’s eyes blazed in bitterness, his lips stretched tight by the vehemence. Jim was stunned by the depth of emotion. It was strangely out of character.
 
When the disintegration of moral codes and standards takes place. The people no longer function as normal humans.
 
YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA 2017
 



Los Angeles Mayor and City Council fail to admit the extent of LA’s financial crisis


Politicians must admit that they have a problem and the extent of the problem in order to attempt to solve the problem.
Los Angeles City Hall from the Mayor down to the City Council is not willing to admit to the extent of the City’s budget deficit (which is over a Billion dollars). Therefore they will not solve the deficit problem, they will only make it worse (they are in the state of denial). When will our elected officials wake-up and have the courage to face the current financial realities and address them in the proper context and take appropriate actions to solve this budget crisis before the city of LA has to declare Bankruptcy like other cities in California. It seems that our current elected officials do not have the guts, knowledge or expertise to address these problems, therefore they must resign and allow more qualified individuals to step in and help resolve LA’s financial crisis.
They say the first step is to admit that you have a problem. But when it comes to politics, it’s never quite that straightforward.
"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare."
 
YJ Draiman
Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. This quote does illustrate an important point: before jumping right into solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to improve our understanding of it. What is the most important step in problem solving: clearly defining the problem and the extent of the problem in the first place!
 

Draiman for mayor of Los Angeles 2017
Be sure to vote your conscience and not be swayed by money, greed and empty promises.

No candidate should be able to buy his office with money and influence, it defeats the Democratic process.

"To be successful, representative government assumes that elections will be controlled by the citizenry at large, not by those who give the most money. Electors must believe their vote counts. Elected officials must owe their allegiance to the people, not to their own wealth or to the wealth of interest groups who speak only for the selfish fringes of the whole community."

YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA 2017


 
YJ Draiman my bid to be elected as mayor of Los Angeles - 2017
 
Truer facts were never posted. Peace, justice and liberty through musical expression.

Today turns into tomorrow and then the future is in your face. Make it happen, now is the time.
 
YJ Draiman wrote an article for the Los Angeles time’s summer 2011 issue.
My name is YJ Draiman and I want to be your Mayor. And here’s why.
Los Angeles is a City at a crossroads. It is where we raise our families, have our businesses and our homes. But every week shops close and we hear more complaints about parking, crime and taxes. Development ideas that have the potential to improve tax revenue, foot traffic and downtown charm with little risk to taxpayers require much attention before anything can move forward. There is discussion about making Los Angeles a greener healthier place to live, yet nothing changes. Our low-income population continues to struggle. In short, we are a place in need of attention, a place that needs its Mayor to be more than just a legislative figurehead.
A Mayor must be a leader, a person full of ideas for our future and an ability to make these ideas a reality. Los Angeles needs a Mayor who works and delegates. Our City Department’s job is to keep our municipality running smoothly and efficiently. They do not set the direction of our community. That is the job of the Mayor and the City council.
That direction must be accompanied by vision that will help the Los Angeles we love become the Los Angeles we imagine.
As an elected Board member, I have begun to tackle the problems we have by—working with my peers, merchants, residents and law enforcement to combat nighttime noise, litter and crime, resulting in reduction of crime in Los Angeles;
—working to fill empty storefronts and solve parking problems by improving signage, communication and parking stock;
—working with state, local and federal officials to create jobs and funding;
—working to improve recreation by spearheading the building of basketball courts, a new rowing dock and creating a boxing program for youth;
—working to get clinics in our schools and our neighborhoods to serve seniors and those
who struggle with medical care;
—working to replace our unsuccessful affordable housing law with a program that will help the poor and elderly.
My fellow Board members support me in my bid for Mayor because we share a vision. But someone must lead the charge. Our work must be advanced. We must have a beautiful green waterfront with plenty of healthy activity; we must find a way to reduce taxes and fees, encourage smart growth and lose our dependence on access revenue. We must see business flourish.
This election is a choice between moving forward and standing still. If you believe that
Los Angeles can do better, then I am the right choice for your Mayor
People, who know how to employ themselves, always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.
 
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017


Are LA voters angry enough to change the current administration at Los Angeles City Hall???
 
LA voters in the March 2011 Elections voted for incumbents - People do not care, why???
Why do we think LA city election on March 7, 2017 will be any different???
I would think with the poor performance and dismal track record by the current administration, the voters would demand to change the current administration at LA City Hall.
3 of the current LA Mayoral candidates are mostly recycled LA City Council members who have proven themselves unworthy by their repeated failure to solve the City's problems and Council staff members who have demonstrated their loyalty and obedience to their pockets, like well-trained dogs.
The corruption in LA government must be stopped. Public corruption in LA City Hall "pay-to-play''.
The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect.
In order to move forward, we must educate the voters, let them know that the current administration goals are business as usual, there will be no significant changes and the city will be heading into bankruptcy. The escalating costs of pensions and benefits will drain most of the city budget as we head into 2020. The increased taxes and fees on residents and businesses will push people and businesses to leave the city. This again will reduce revenues to the city.
The city must initiate an austerity program. Cut salaries and benefits across the board, increase efficiency and performance. The Police Department should utilize civil service employees for clerical work, not Police Officers. The city must tighten its belt and reduce taxes and fees, streamline bureaucracy. Promote the health of existing businesses and actively go after new businesses. Any city employee who is not performing his job to standards should be put on suspension without pay or benefits and if such action has not improved the workers performance, the worker/employee should be terminated. The city must utilize its most expensive resource, its employees more efficiently, promote a good work environment and reward exceptional performance. People must realize that if they do not do their job, they will have no job and no means of support. The city must streamline management and reduce management costs. A high administrative cost is not prudent and not sustainable. LA's employee costs are one of the highest in the country. We need a change in attitude, and that starts at the top. As they say in good leadership, "follow me".
The main question is, why LA voters don't care, why they are resigned to accept failure and diminishing LA city services.
Can we not find a leader who will motivate City Hall and initiate hard choices to bring the city to financial health?
City elections should be held on the first Tuesday of November with all the other elections to Federal, County & State.
It will reduce costs and increase voter turnout.
The peoples brigade for honest government

 
PS
"The choice we face in Los Angeles and as a nation is simple: Do we want the clean energy and conservation technologies of tomorrow to be invented in America by American innovators, made by American workers and sold around the world, or do we want to concede those jobs to our competitors?" Asks Energy Specialist YJ Draiman. "We can and must compete for those jobs." In Los Angeles, we have the technology, the climate, the resources and the manpower. Let us proceed with conviction.
YJ Draiman
If you want to bring LA back to economic prosperity - Elect YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA
 

 
Draiman is charging ahead in the race for Mayor of LA
December 19, 2017 
Re ”Draiman is gaining momentum against his rivals for Mayor of Los Angeles”


Los Angeles Elections 2017 

Ninety-five days remaining to the Los Angeles primary election of March 7, 2017. The Conservative candidate – who wants to make LA “The World Capital of Renewable-energy”, The Independent contender, Yehuda YJ Draiman, is challenging LA’s political machine and gaining strength with the message to the voters – “if you all vote, we can take back our city”, we outnumber the special interests voters at least 8-2. It seems to be a very powerful and realistic slogan.

The current elected insider candidates for mayor by utilizing visible, powerful, slight, innocuous but forceful sense – each of his three rivals insiders has held office and set City Hall policy for more than 12 years, which explains how the insiders contributed to the city’s desperate condition and financial insolvency. This system will eventually bankrupt the city of LA – Draiman is systematically breaking down the political machine that is holding Angelenos hostage he is methodically breaking down their hold on LA city government.

Draiman has stated that they the insiders made the mess, which should disqualify them from running for any office, especially the mayors, while they are continuing on the road to bankrupt the city of LA. With that kind of record, no wonder Draiman’s claims are not ignored.

Draiman is Different

As one of the two viable unelected candidates – Draiman is building a following that has no allegiance to any political party, when it comes to put the right person for the job of Mayor. Draiman states that as independent, his loyalty is to the people of Los Angeles and the City, therefore he is the right candidate at the right time, and given the chance, he can bring our city to economic and financial health.

In the past twenty months, Draiman with over 20 years of energy and utility auditing experience contended that the opposition insiders have contributed to the economic and financial havoc in our city that is why they are not qualified for the office of Mayor. The insiders’ record of accomplishment is littered with poor judgment, they voted for multitude of bills that are detrimental to our city’s health. They have caused many of the problems that now ail Los Angeles.

The insiders, his opponents, have tried to enumerate their debatable accomplishments in the past 12 years. They keep harping on those questionable accomplishments ignoring all their failures that caused our current disastrous condition.

Draiman has stated that the insiders’ guidance and dubious accomplishments have brought our city to its knees.
Our city is on the verge of bankruptcy, a crumbling infrastructure, schools in disarray, economy in shambles, businesses and people are leaving the city in droves, a transportation system and traffic pattern that is highly inadequate for Los Angeles, no transparency and above all the total loss of trust by Angelenos.

You are the 12 years veterans of our city council contributed to the catastrophic situation the city of Los Angeles is currently facing, that is what Mr. Draiman is telling his better-known rivals.

Projecting His Image

Draiman’s repeated charges that insiders’ past poor performance if not negligent performance, is the crux of our city’s problems. Draiman has shown his understanding and devotion to the challenge at hand, which is to start changing the direction our city, is currently heading.

 
Draiman’s approach is primarily tackling the economy and jobs, he states that addressing these problems as top priority will reduce or resolve some of the other issues. He would initiate a program for Made in America products. This would require certain tax benefits to the manufacturer of products or other new businesses in Los Angeles. Any unemployed person, who returns to the workforce, reduces the dependency for financial and social support by the government. Thus it turns the worker into a revenue generator for the government, while the employee’s earning are spent on goods and services, which boosts the economy further.

Draiman asserts that the city of Los Angeles must make it easy for businesses to thrive. This will create employment and increase revenues to the government and it will create the multiplier effect.

Draiman claims that by increasing the bureaucracy taxes and fees, it depresses the economy, reduces business development, which in turn reduces consumer spending and as a result reduces revenues to the government.

Draiman is supposed to have been a long shot in a field dominated by three City Hall elected officials with name recognition. City Councilman Eric Garcetti, the most favorite for his own so-called accomplishments. City Controller and former Councilperson Wendy Greuel, a close second choice or maybe first choice, and Councilperson Jan Perry, most likely the third on the list.

While Draiman is considerably behind the three leading contenders in the race in fundraising, many claim that such deficiency is hard to overcome. That is why he is not at the top of the list.

Unless those people occupying the seats at the mayoralty discussions, and unless his rivals are pretending to be concerned, ignoring Mr. Draiman could come to haunt them in the end.

We See a Pattern

Those who have witnessed the various mayoral candidates presentations – have noticed, a specific pattern:

Mr. Garcetti, keeps stating how he has authored...”

Ms. Greuel’s performance is similar. Ms. Perry has somewhat of a milder performance.

Mr. Draiman, has, continually addressed the critical issues with logical solutions, which puts his opponents on notice that they must respond accordingly.


 

"When are the people of Los Angeles going to wakeup?”
We keep electing our political leaders from the same parasitic pool of privileged families. I challenge anyone to name the congressperson, or senator in Washington, or your state that was brought up in a middle income, middle class family, or had to work a real job to pay the bills. I am not talking about attorneys, or corporate top-level managers. These people are not what I consider workers! Show me the person in our government that has had to borrow money to send his kids to college, or take out an "inflated interest" loan to buy a house! Do any of them really care that we are mortgaging our children's future to China? How many of them have had to go to war, or serve in the military other than be an officer with the elitist mindset that permeates our armed forces? We as voters are getting exactly what we have reaped because we fail to elect any leaders that actually know who we are, and what we think. Our salvation can only come from our votes, and we should vote the man, not the party! Vote for the person that has proven his way from a humble beginning, and succeeded...oh yeah! That is right! You will not find any such person because unless they sell out to a special interest group with money, fat chance they will be able to afford to compete in the arena of the privileged elite! Money actually buys our leaders even before they are elected! The only way to beat them is if we all vote, we outnumber the special interest voter. When we all vote, we can take back our city government to serve all Angelenos, not just the privileged few.


 

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